Ebola Appeal Update - 14 December 2014

As Christmas approaches, it is clear that the situation in the West of Sierra Leone is not improving. While infection rates appear to be stabilizing or declining in Guinea and Liberia, Sierra Leone is still seeing a surge of cases, especially the Western Area, which includes Freetown and on its edge, Waterloo. As a consequence there is talk that there might be another lock down, which would include Waterloo.

In Waterloo itself, we continue to provide we continue to provide relief to the quarantined and in particular the Ebola Orphans. We now have a list of over 200 orphans.

We are also, looking to work with other organisations, for example, Street Child who have considerable expertise in providing care for orphans and SLWT, formerly Sierra Leone War Trust for Children.

Rosetta also attends the regular District Council Ebola Response Committee Meetings (DERC). These minutes provide a focus for the co-ordination of the local efforts to combat the spread of the Ebola virus and to educate the local people about how best they can protect themselves and their families

In part as a result of the DERC meetings our next forum is going to be held in Kissi, ( the site of the former Waterloo refugee camp). This is a local area where there are a number of Ebola orphans. Rosetta wants to stress to the local communities that it is safe to embrace these children (and other Ebola survivors) back into that community. We will continue to work with the local council, UNICEF and DERC in deciding where these forums should take place.

We remain extraordinarily grateful for the continued support of everyone in the UK. This has not been a short lived crisis, and no-one knows how long it is going to last, but thanks to everyone’s assistance in the UK, we have been able to help Rosetta and her team, make a difference in the community in which they live.

Thank you as always

The CODEP team

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